Oprah's Next Pledge Should Be No Texting While Strolling
June 24, 2010
You know how after every show Oprah talks about the dangers of texting while driving, then directs viewers to her website to sign the pledge not to do it. Well, we’re writing in to O to add texting while strolling to that list. Perhaps this is only a N.Y.C. phenomenon, but people here seem to think they have eyes on the top of their heads and insist on texting while walking down the street. It’s not deadly, but it is really annoying to bump into someone who’s typing away on their phone.
Yesterday I witnessed a really close call, though. Amazingly, one mom was simultaneously pushing her stroller with one hand and texting with the other. Apparently, she was so caught up in what she was writing, she didn’t realize she was about to push her stroller…and her baby!…right into oncoming traffic. Another woman who had already stopped at the crosswalk had to literally grab her by the arm to force her to look up and stop pushing her stroller.
That scene could have wound up equally as tragic as the stories Oprah tells on her show, so I think we’re on to something here. Texting while strolling is really unsafe and we should call out moms who do it for their own safety. No message you’re writing is so important that it’s worth risking your baby’s safety or your own.
So are you with us in our official unofficial ban on texting while strolling? Or do you think it’s really not that big a deal?